Film enthusiasts tend to associate American microbudget filmmaking with raw, edgy seriousness, but some aspiring enthusiasts are very fond of intentionally silly comedy – for example, take a look at the 2017 short”Snowy Bing Bongs across the Arctic Star battle zone. ”
“Inspector Ike,” Directed by Graham Mason from a screenplay he wrote with comedian Ikechukwu Ufomadu, who plays the lead role, is almost as great as they come.
The film is a sentimental parody of the murder mysteries made by television in the 1970s, specifically “The NBC Mystery Movie,” the umbrella that Peter Falk’s beloved Lieutenant Columbo ran.
Inspector Ike of Ufomadu is not Columbo-esque. Far from being shaky, like Columbo, he’s relentlessly cheerful and confident. In each “episode,” he pauses in action to present a recipe, which viewers are asked to copy onto a special “Ike Inspector” card. (I was not given a card.)
But the plot – in which some sort of theater in turtlenecks and velvet jackets jokes around before one of them tricks the other into recording a video-recorded suicide note – is very similar to one of the “Columbo” story in which a madman-genius overestimates his criminal acumen.
To verify the alibi, villain Harry Newcombe (Matt Barats) must date a pioneering theater gig. “How long is this play going on,” Day asked. “Well, let me ask you something,” Harry replied cheerfully. “How long is the average American’s working day?” Once she dozes off, he goes out to carry out his evil deeds.
Mason and company didn’t have the means to accurately portray the dire straits of the real deal, but they maintained a reputation in the writing and acting departments. The lingering humor here contrasts with the harshness we’ve come to expect from “Airplanes!” – silly genre. It will be most suitable for viewers with a humorous skeleton of the dry type
Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 22 minutes. In the theater.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/17/movies/inspector-ike-review.html ‘Inspector Ike’ review: An upload murder mystery, ’70s TV style